Trinidad and Tobago - Ethnic groups



Trinidad And Tobago Ethnic Groups 1556
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The population is mainly comprised of blacks (the descendants of former slaves), East Indians (originally brought to the island as contract laborers from northern India), whites, and Chinese, many of whom are racially and culturally intermixed. The total population is estimated at 40% black, 40.3% East Indian, 18% mixed, 0.6% white, and 1.2% Chinese and other. Tobago is predominantly black.

While blacks and East Indians on Trinidad are economically interdependent, each community retains its cultural individuality: this is a life that has been called coexistence without assimilation. Intermarriage is rare, and facial and other bodily characteristics still separate the two groups, as do occupation, diet, religion, residence, agricultural landscape, sometimes dress, and often politics. Blacks are dominant in the urban areas, in the oil fields, in the poorer agricultural areas of the north, east, and southeast, and on Tobago. East Indians are dominant in the best agricultural regions. Although outnumbered in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando, urban East Indians are apt to be economically better off than the urban blacks and tend to be highly involved in commerce, industry, and the professions.

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Feb 11, 2011 @ 9:09 am
This is the first time that someone has spoken the truth. The Indians came as indentured laborers and were paid for their work. When slavery was abolished, they were granted the lands to work and live. The Africans were taken against their will and were brought to Trinidad as slaves and to date they have not been compensated and no apology was given. Today, the Indians are much better off but they still complain and complain that they are being oppressed. They need to remember where they came from and thank God that they are here in Trinidad because they would never have accomplished and gained so much.
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Feb 24, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
THE INDIANS WERE BEING OPPRESSED BY THE MANNING ADMINISTRATION
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Apr 30, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
Hi i am a south african indian living in ths beautifull country, i have heard so much your country please send me some pic
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May 16, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
My Grandfather was West Indian, either from Trinidad or Tobago. He past when I was very young. I grew up learning very little about his heritage. Your article is quite informitive, and not bias. Now I am involved with a company, Organo Gold, that is about to pre-launch business in Trinidad and Tobago. Organo Gold has found a way to make coffee healthy. Please respond to my email
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Feb 13, 2013 @ 3:15 pm
I live in trinidad and i love my beautiful country.

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